Benzos also known under the formal name of Benzodiazepines are a category of psychoactive prescription drugs that are prescribed for high levels of anxiety disorders, panic attacks, sleep disorders, muscle cramps, and seizure prevention. Some of the common prescriptions for benzos are Xanax, Librium, Valium, Ativan, Klonopin, and Rohypnol. Benzos are described as minor tranquilizers and usually are prescribed for short term use. In recent statistics 10.3% of those aged 18-25 have abused benzos without having a prescription.
Signs of Benzo Abuse or Addiction:
- Drowsiness and sedation
- Poor judgment and decision making abilities
- Slurred speech
- Decreased coordination
- Blurred vision
Dangers of Benzo Abuse & Addiction
Benzos are often mixed with alcohol and other drugs. When benzos are mixed with alcohol, it causes users to blackout. Blackouts are scary enough in itself, not knowing actions that are taking place opens up a whole world of concern for the user and loved ones. It is dangerous to blackout and this being a common occurrence when using benzos is alarming. Benzos with other drugs cause fatal overdoses and account for thousands of deaths a year. Polydrug use is extremely dangerous, and benzos and opiates is a common mix we see in fatal overdoses.
Benzo withdrawals are also known as one of the few withdrawal processes that can result in death if not under medical supervision. Prescription Benzo addiction and abuse is an extremely fragile disease and condition and it is important that proper medical detox and treatment are applied to the recovery process.
Banyan Treatment Center’s Benzo Addiction Treatment
The most successful way to battle back from a benzo prescription drug addiction would be a medically supervised benzo detox and an individualized treatment program. Proper treatment is required to ensure a life of sustained recovery and the best choice is Banyan Detox.
A benzo addiction treatment plan comes with intense therapy sessions including individual and group settings, education on the disease of addiction, family support groups, relapse prevention, aftercare programs and so much more. Banyan Treatment Center’s goals are to support our clients during their recovery journey and always encourage their continuous growth, we feel the more supported our clients feel, the more courage they will have to continue in their battle against addiction.
If you or someone you know is struggling with benzo prescription drug addiction or abuse, help is just a phone call away. Call Banyan Treatment Center now, we are here to help: (888) 781-9297.